The Kinnaur area is a special mountainous region in the state of Himachal Pradesh, northern India. Kinnaur is adjacent to Tibet and is closely associated with it by culture and religion. The majority of people are Buddhist.

In 2005, Gangteng Tulku Rinpoche first visited the villages of Leo, Chuling and Hango located in Kinnaur – a beautiful mountainous region in northern India. This place has a special connection with the terma teachings of Pema Lingpa, and in particular with Gangteng Tulku, because in this very place the first Gangteng Tulku – Pema Trinley Tsel – gave teachings for a period of time.